08ASTANA2162, KAZAKHSTAN: AUSTRIA ASKS WHERE IS RAKHAT ALIYEV

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08ASTANA2162 2008-11-03 03:33 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
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RUCNCLS/SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVE
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 002162 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, EUR/CE, INL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/04/2018 
TAGS: PREL PINR KCRM AU KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  AUSTRIA ASKS WHERE IS RAKHAT ALIYEV 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR RICHARD E. HOAGLAND: 1.4 (B), (D) 
 
1.  (C) During a pull-aside at a commercial-diplomatic event 
in Astana on October 31, Austrian Ambassador Ursula Fahringer 
asked if the United States has any current information on the 
whereabouts of the former Kazakhstani Ambassador to Austria 
and President Nazarbayev's ex-son-in-law, Rakhat Aliyev, who 
has been convicted in absentia of "serious crimes" in 
Kazakhstan.  She said the to-date presence of Aliyev in 
Austria has poisoned Austrian-Kazakhstani relations.  Vienna 
has lost track of Aliyev but presumes he will try to stay 
within the Shengen visa area.  The Ambassador responded that 
Aliyev is not high priority for the United States, despite 
requests to us from the government of Kazakhstan to help find 
Aliyev and return him to Kazakhstan.  He said he is unaware 
from any source of Aliyev's current whereabouts. 
 
2.  (C) Ambasador Fahringer asked if the United States would 
extradite Aliyev from the United States, should he turn up 
there.  The Ambassador responded that Aliyev's legal entry 
into the United States woukd be unlikely, if for no other 
reason than his Interpol listing.  He noted the United States 
does not have an extradition treaty with Kazakhstan, and so 
extradition would not necessarily be assured. 
 
3.  (C) Ambassador Fahringer, admitting she was not under 
instructions, asked if the United States would pass fullest 
information to Vienna about Aliyev.  The Ambassador responded 
he would convey this request to Washington.  He suggested it 
might be better for the Government of Austria to deal with 
this issue either in Washington or at the U.S. Embassy in 
Vienna. 
HOAGLAND

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